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Pair arrested after police chase off Lanzarote coast 

A high-speed police chase off the coast of Lanzarote led to the arrest of two drug smugglers and the recovery of bales of hash thrown into the sea.

The four packets, containing 120 kilos, were fished from the water by the Civil Guard near Fuerteventura.

Two men of Maghrebi origin were intercepted by the semi-rigid boat S-36 of the Maritime Detachment of the Fuerte-ventura Civil Guard.

They have since been remanded in custody accused of a crime against public health. Both men, aged between 30 and 40 years, lacked documentation at the time of their arrest.

The drama began when police were alerted to a suspicious inflatable boat by Maritime Rescue. They were told two men were on board with several packages and were heading south to Lanzarote.

When the Civil Guard agents approached the suspect boat, the crew began to throw the packages into the sea as they tried to race towards the coast of Lanzarote.

Police salvaged the drugs as the packets were still afloat and then continued the chase. A spokesman said the drug smugglers ignored warnings to stop and only gave up when an officer managed to jump on board.